Nine-year-old girl electrocuted

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A nine-year-old girl, Ndakolute Ndakulanawa, a learner at the International Primary School in Ongwediva, died yesterday after she was electrocuted. 

It's alleged that Ndakolute was coming from school with fellow learners, and as they were walking, she touched the stay wire that supports the electrical line and was electrocuted. 

She was declared dead at the scene.

Namibia-Angola governors forum strengthens bilateral ties

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The Governors Forum is a collaborative initiative between Namibia and Angola that signals a pivotal step towards enhancing bilateral relations and addressing shared challenges impacting communities along the border.

The gathering of key stakeholders from the border regions of Namibia and Angola is poised to serve as a platform for meaningful dialogue, cooperation, and strategic engagement.

Plans to reform recruitment process within the Police well on track

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Police Inspector General Joseph Shikongo says plans to revolutionise the recruitment process within the police force, aiming to foster greater diversity and inclusivity that mirror the nation's demographic landscape, are well on track.

Lieutenant General Shikongo emphasised the importance of reshaping the composition of the police force to represent the diversity of Namibia's population. 

NEKA elects new leadership

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The Annual General Meeting of the Namibian Exile Kids Association (NEKA) in Otjiwarongo has elected Kadiva Hamutumwa as the new president, with Sackey Nendongo as the deputy.

Elisabeth Nghitende is the Secretary General, with Simubali Simubali as the deputy.

Yesterday, attendees of the NEKA AGM decided not to follow the advice of SWAPO Party Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa, who requested a postponement of the elections during the AGM.

Shaningwa stated that there was evident tension among and between various groups during the Congress.

NEEF Leader Kalimbo Iipumbu calls for responsible use of power for national prosperity

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The leader of the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters' (NEEF), Kalimbo Iipumbu, who is also the headman of Epyenene village, urged those in positions of power to use them for the prosperity of the country and its people.

Iipumbu made these remarks during the country's 34th Independence anniversary celebration at Epyenene village. 

Celebrating Independence Day at Epyenene has been a tradition since 1990, when the late Patrick Shoopala, who was the headman then, allowed residents to watch celebrations on a black-and-white TV under a tree. 

Police Inspector General urges cadet constables to embrace professionalism

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Police Inspector General Joseph Shikongo has urged 818 cadet constables who are undergoing training at the Ruben Danger Ashipala Training Centre to be professional when they are deployed to various stations.

The cadets will graduate on May 3rd.

Emphasising the values of professionalism and selflessness, Lieutenant General Shikongo called upon the cadets to serve all Namibians and foreigners impartially, transcending ethnic and political boundaries.

Crop farmers fear bleak harvest

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Residents of Omutsegwonime village in the Oshikoto Region fear that the repeat of past years of drought will manifest again this year.

Though many ploughed well on time, crops have started to wilt because of a lack of rain.

The picture regarding crop fields in some parts of the northern regions looks bleak, and farmers are losing hope for a good harvest.

A worrying fact is that most households here are headed by either school-going children or unemployed youth, who rely on government social grants for their survival.

Pastor allegedly rapes female congregants

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Police in the Omusati Region are high on the heels of a local pastor from Okandi Village, in the Etayi Constituency, who is alleged to have raped three of his female congregation members, aged between 17, 19, and 24 years. 

It is alleged that the suspect, who is the pastor and owner of the church that the victims attended, raped the women on separate occasions. On February 9th, he is accused of having raped the 24-year-old; on February 16th, the 17-year-old; and on February 24th, he allegedly raped the 19-year-old woman.

Government allocates N$2.8 million for regional memorial services

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The government has allocated N$2.8 million to all 14 regions of the country towards the hosting of regional memorial services. 

Each region received N$200,000.

So far, the Oshana, Hardap, and Kunene regions have hosted their memorial services.

Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Kavango West Regions will host theirs on Wednesday, while Omusati and Kavango East memorial services will take place on Thursday.

Some of those who want to attend the late President Hage Geingob's funeral and memorial service are appealing to the government to provide transport.